Now that the real heat of summer is here, air conditioners all across the United States are being put through their paces. Everyone loves a warm, bright sunny day, but the humidity that comes with it is certainly overwhelming after some time. You can’t spend every day laying by the pool or swimming in the ocean, and there will be plenty of moments when you are landlocked without relief from the elements. Your home’s air conditioner is the key tool to provide you with that welcome respite from the heat and humidity. While it’s a fantastic resource, air conditioners are often one of the places where mold develops. Mold is truly devastating to your health, and can cause all sorts of expensive repairs to be required at your home. Luckily there are plenty of things you can do to keep this problem at bay. Here are just a few of the ways you can avoid mold growth in your AC system.
First of all, keep an eye on the condensation pan. This is the plastic piece underneath your air conditioner that captures the water created when your AC unit cools the air. If you have a central air installation, the condensation pan will probably be found underneath the main unit in your attic. The goal is to keep the pan from overflowing out onto the floor. If water is left to collect in the attic or soak the insulation it will surely contribute to mold growth. The air conditioner will cool the house, but the attic itself will remain hot and muggy. That’s the perfect situation for mold growth, so make sure the drainage line is working properly and you don’t have any leaks forming.
It’s also a good idea to regularly check out the filters across your air conditioning system. Most people change the filters out at the beginning of each season, but if you live in a particularly dusty climate or if there’s a lot of construction happening around your house you might need to switch these out more often. Microorganisms grow on these filters, as the air conditioner generates moisture every single day it is in operation. Keep a clean filter system, and you should avoid these problems.
Although many homeowners try to clean and maintain their own HVAC systems, you should get a professional in there at least once a year. In fact, if you can afford it two yearly checkups would be a good idea. Check with the company that installed your system, as they might have included some of these maintenance visits in your plan. The goal here is to make sure there aren’t any issues that are leading to additional water buildup. If problems are discovered, they should be repaired right away. Have these maintenance visits scheduled before the summer, when you will be using your air conditioner most often, and then once again before the long winter that will require steady heating.
Finally, consider having an ultraviolet light installed in your air conditioner. You should be able to add this to carrier heating systems as well, with the goal being a thorough cleaning of the air as it moves through the ducts in your system. You should have it mounted within the duct that’s closest to the condensation pan. The UV light will prevent most mold from growing, and as long as you choose a quality brand there won’t be a significant amount of ozone byproduct to deal with.